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Critical Criminological Perspectives

Ignorance, Power and Harm

Agnotology and The Criminological Imagination

Editors: Barton, Alana, Davis, Howard (Eds.)

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  • Explores the significance of agnosis within the field of criminology and the social sciences
  • Offers a theoretical framework within which ignorance and its harmful consequences are examined
  • Includes an expansive set of case studies that explore contemporary criminological, sociological and political concerns 
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This book discusses the concept of 'agnosis' and its significance for criminology through a series of case studies, contributing to the expansion of the criminological imagination. Agnotology – the study of the cultural production of ignorance, has primarily been proposed as an analytical tool in the fields of science and medicine. However, this book argues that it has significant resonance for criminology and the social sciences given that ignorance is a crucial means through which public acceptance of serious and sometimes mass harms is achieved. The editors argue that this phenomenon requires a systematic inquiry into ignorance as an area of criminological study in its own right. 

Through case studies on topics such as migrant detention, historical institutionalised child abuse, imprisonment, environmental harm and financial collapse, this book examines the construction of ignorance, and the power dynamics that facilitate and shape that construction in a range of different contexts. Furthermore, this book addresses the relationship between ignorance and the achievement of ‘manufactured consent’ to political and cultural hegemony, acquiescence in its harmful consequences and the deflection of responsibility for them. 

 

 

About the authors

Alana Barton is Reader in Criminology at Edge Hill University. She has previously worked at the University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool John Moores University. Alana is the author of Fragile Moralities and Dangerous Sexualities (Ashgate, 2005) and co-editor of Expanding the Criminological Imagination (Willan, 2007). 

Howard Davis is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Edge Hill University. He had a previous career as a social worker, working in the fields of child protection, trauma and bereavement. He has published in a range of journals including the British Journal of Social Work, Disasters, and the British Journal of Criminology.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ignorance, Power and Harm
Book Subtitle
Agnotology and The Criminological Imagination
Editors
  • Alana Barton
  • Howard Davis
Series Title
Critical Criminological Perspectives
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97343-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97343-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97342-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 243
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